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Unread 10-29-2014, 06:47 AM   #1
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Default G9 gas cart. Worth making mods.

I have a G9 about a 1995 or so in very good condition. i use it for my property like an ATV but the suspension is a little light weight. Is this cart worth putting money into for a better ride and ground clearance? and what are some less expensive ways to go about it. I paid $600 for it and don't want to throw money away .I'm a good welder and do it yourself kinda guy.
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Unread 10-29-2014, 07:27 AM   #2
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Default Re: G9 gas cart. Worth making mods.

A G9 is a great base for upgrading. I have one with the Jake's longtravel suspension and I'm currently in the process of installing a Briggs and Stratton Vanguard V-twin motor in it. Look at my thread...bokes g9...it has alot of useful info and pics in it. Keep us informed as to what you do with it.
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Unread 10-29-2014, 07:35 AM   #3
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Default Re: G9 gas cart. Worth making mods.

Always worth it. Especially if you can do the work yourself. I'm no master fabricator but can get the job done if I work at it.

You can spend very little on a lift if you search around for scrap materials to use. Also do a lot of searching and reading here and you'll get a lot of ideas. Some of them can be incorporated together to use for yourself and make an even better buggy. Also, keep your eye out and you can find great deals on good tire and wheel set ups.

All it takes is a bit of time, be patient and you'll find the deals to keep your costs down.

I have a G2 I'm working on right now and from what I understand the G9 is pretty much the same. These carts are built well and lend themselves to some good mods and can be very good offroad machines that behave well and hold up great.

Keep us posted (with pictures) on what you do to the cart. And by the way, $600 is a great price for a good used cart and will make the end price even better. You'll enjoy it for sure.
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Unread 10-29-2014, 07:49 AM   #4
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Any gas Yamaha is a great platform for lifting and larger tires! With a few modifying parts, they are just about unstopable!!

Jake's 6" A arm lift is my favorite $300.
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Unread 10-29-2014, 07:52 AM   #5
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No, it's not worth it. Give it to me and I'll get it out of your way for you.

Seriously, that's a great platform for some level of build.
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Unread 10-29-2014, 08:15 AM   #6
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Default Re: G9 gas cart. Worth making mods.

I'm digging my G9 restomod. Check it out. Project "Meat Wagon" has begun
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Unread 10-29-2014, 10:54 AM   #7
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Default Re: G9 gas cart. Worth making mods.

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No, it's not worth it. Give it to me and I'll get it out of your way for you.

Seriously, that's a great platform for some level of build.
LOL!! I was thinking the same thing!

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Unread 11-01-2014, 02:51 PM   #8
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Look up Pachanga lifts on here there are plans for you to make your own lift. At one time he was making them too but not sure. Anyway he worked out a great lift with a hitch built in you can make yourself if you can weld, its not that bad to do. Buy some 22" atv wheels and tires (or 25 if you remove the rear bumper mounts and move the cradle back some, again not that hard to do if you weld). The atv tires are much more puncture resistant and good selection/price can be found in the common 22 size. Wider is better floatation. Get a umax spring ($15) for the secondary clutch and it should run pretty nice and roll over off road stuff much nicer. You can vary what you spend on wheels but you do need to get offset wheels to widen the track or it will be less safe. Just remember you have to look at them often, so a few extra bucks for cool wheels is not a bad deal. I'd get 10" wheel or maybe larger but 10 will be cheapest I'd guess and larger tire (wheel to tread space) can be nicer for off road. My old wheels are 8" with 22x12 and they have rolled over everything from beach sand to bare RR tracks to 12" tree trunks, and some snow.

To recap, it will be far more capable cart with some off road tread tires that are larger diameter. It is night to day when you put a lift and 22s on a cart far as off road ability. It still wont be an atv/utv if that is what you are looking for. It wont have 4wd, but outside of mudpits and very steep hills they will go more places than you think they will. Like HS gears the 22s will add about 10mph to your top speed and reduce torque some, but the umax spring helps a lot to bring back low speed power.

The next thing to do is swap a 420/440/460 clone motor into it and about double the power. This can be done for around 4-600 depending on how you do it. Its a project but after that you can actually spin those big tires at times and tear up hills, way fun. Or go v-twin and even more power.

Far as lifts the LT (long travel) lifts are better for off road, they ride nicer and take bumps that much better, and look cooler. If you want to spend for them its not a bad deal depending on how you use the cart. If you want to go faster in the rough the LT lifts are the way to go. If you want to go cheap you can graft an atv front onto your cart with a welder, up to you, and you can get free front disk brakes with an atv front. Its another project like swapping in a clone and takes a while, where a bought lift bolts right on. You can get kits from Vegas carts to mount clone engines now to make it easier, though I welded my own mount in and it was the easy part. Jakes are one of or the best lifts, others use cheaper ones have heard all sports are not bad but you tend to get what you pay for. The all sports was one of the best deals for their LT lift (double arm), its not as good as jakes but you got a LT on the cheap. The best LT lifts come with better shocks, but again you can use some atv shocks instead if you are tight on the budget. The LT is long travel and you need a shock that travels more to really make it work well.
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Unread 11-01-2014, 06:08 PM   #9
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Default Re: G9 gas cart. Worth making mods.

Yamaha's are one of the easiest carts to modify,Lifts and engine-swaps are pretty simple and straight-forward to do.Motor-Swaps are easily done with homemade or bought mounts.Lift-Kits can be anything from an Economy-lift to a Long-Travel.Alot depends on your budget and what you want to do with it too.A yard-work/Hunting-Cart would be setup alot different than a Off-Road-Use Trail-Cart.Hope this helps.
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Unread 11-01-2014, 08:52 PM   #10
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Default Re: G9 gas cart. Worth making mods.

Here's my G9 lifted about 9.5". This is gonna be a offroading, trail monster. It's on 25" tires. Took a bit of cutting and welding to get it there.

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